Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. Hebrews 11:39-40 (MSG)
Good Afternoon PCC!
I often say that we are standing on the shoulders of faith-filled men and women who called PCC home and gave themselves sacrificially to the mission of seeing men and women on the Peninsula discover new life in Christ.
One of those men was named Bob Sharpless, who faithfully came early on Sundays (carrying a briefcase) and recorded our Sunday services. Bob started recording on reel-to-reel tapes, then switched to cassette tapes and finally made the jump to CDs. Even when we went to podcasting, Bob still faithfully took his post in the sound room in the back of the sanctuary, well into his 80’s. I cherished watching Bob walk in on Sundays to the tech room that now bears his name in memoriam.
This past Sunday, I saw Bob Sharpless’ heart and vision being lived out in a grander way than he could have ever imagined. That sound room has been converted, thanks to the generosity of faithful donors, into a video editing room. One of the volunteers in that room joins another Bob — Bob Seeberger — in capturing, streaming, and editing video of our worship gatherings. This other volunteer isn’t really interested in Jesus and has never set foot in a church, but he is super interested in video technology and sits faithfully in the Bob Sharpless Tech Room serving. God is using technology to introduce him to the Gospel.
This past Sunday, I saw another way Bob Sharpless’ heart and vision is being lived out in a grander way than he could have ever imagined. Of the many ways we will be utilizing the new video system is to stream our worship gatherings live over the internet. Later in 2019 we will be officially launching the livestream, but until then, we are “soft launching” the stream to work on editing and other things without any notices, advertising, etc. This past Sunday, we had 73 people watching our 8:55 gathering from all over the world!
Last but not least, this past Sunday, I saw Bob Sharpless’ heart and vision being lived out in a grander way than he could have ever imagined. Around 7:45am, I was in the Worship Center and who walks in but Robert Giani. Robert is Bob Sharpless’ grandson and showed up to serve as a volunteer in the area of sound and technology. Bob’s legacy is continuing through the grandson that bears his name!
I thank God for the humble faithful generous serving heart of Bob Sharpless. Little did he know how God would build on his legacy to reach people deeper and wider than he could ever imagine.
Our faithfulness matters, friends! Where is God calling you to faithfully serve?
This Sunday we continue in our Made for Mondays series looking at the incredible job called motherhood! It is going to be an encouraging and empowering day with Laurie Polich Short speaking at all 4 gatherings. And, thanks to the generosity of another faithful and generous PCC couple, every woman will be given a special gift at all four gatherings.
Don’t come alone … why not invite someone to join you this Sunday?
I love being your pastor!